3D Printing for Orthodontics
3D printing has revolutionized many fields, including orthodontics. 3D printing technology has made it possible to create accurate, personalized orthodontic devices quickly and efficiently. Here are some ways in which 3D printing is used in orthodontics:
Models: 3D printing creates models of a patient’s teeth and gums. These models make customized orthodontic devices such as braces, aligners, and retainers.
Surgical guides: 3D printing can also be used to create surgical guides that help dentists and orthodontists perform complex procedures with precision. For example, a surgical guide can be designed to help guide the placement of dental implants.
Study models: 3D printing can create study models to analyze and plan orthodontic treatments. These models can help orthodontists plan and visualize the results of different treatment options.
Splints: 3D printing can create splints to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. These splints are customized to fit the patient’s bite and can help relieve pain and improve jaw function.
3D printing technology has allowed orthodontists to create more accurate and personalized orthodontic devices, leading to better patient treatment outcomes.
As mentioned in Stratasys´s article, Orthodontic models and clear aligner setups, when printed on a Stratasys multi-material printer such as the Objet 260/500 Dental Selection or Objet 260 Dental.¨
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